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The location of Sophia

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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Sophia.

This page contains seven sections:

Around Sophia ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Charleston. It is located about 48 miles [77 km] to the northwest of Sophia. Charleston has a population of 49,100 people.<1>

The next largest community is Beckley. It lies just northeast of Sophia and has a population of 17,000 people.

For comparison, Sophia has a population of 1,300 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Sophia and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<2>

Community   2016
Population
DirectionDistance
Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   4,968   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
Narrows (VA)   [Map]   1,971   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   2,699   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   4,365   S   42 miles [67.6 km]
Bluefield   [Map]   10,191   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
Fayetteville   [Map]   2,852   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
Hinton   [Map]   2,469   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
Lewisburg   [Map]   3,921   E   44 miles [70.8 km]
Madison   [Map]   2,865   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Oak Hill   [Map]   8,544   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
Princeton   [Map]   5,962   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
Ronceverte   [Map]   1,736   E   42 miles [67.6 km]
South Charleston   [Map]   12,859   NW   50 miles [80.5 km]
Summersville   [Map]   3,434   NE   45 miles [72.4 km]
Welch   [Map]   1,816   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]

The following is a sample of nearby communities:

Community   2016
Population
DirectionDistance
Beaver   [Map]   ---   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Clifftop   [Map]   ---   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
Coal City   [Map]   ---   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
Crab Orchard   [Map]   ---   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
Daniels   [Map]   ---   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
Eastgulf   [Map]   ---   SW   5 miles [8 km]
Fairdale   [Map]   ---   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
Harper   [Map]   ---   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
Helen   [Map]   ---   SW   5 miles [8 km]
Lester   [Map]   322   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
Mabscott   [Map]   1,350   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
MacArthur   [Map]   ---   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
Old Mill Village   [Map]   ---   N   5 miles [8 km]
Rhodell   [Map]   167   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
Shady Spring   [Map]   ---   E   8 miles [12.9 km]

For more communities neighboring Sophia, please visit our County-by-County Page for Sophia.

Raleigh County ...

Sophia is located in Raleigh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Raleigh County: Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Mercer, Summers & Wyoming.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sophia ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Affinity   -   Less than 2 miles to the East of Sophia   [Map]
Big Stick   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Cedar   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Coal City   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Crab Orchard   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Glen View   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Glen White   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Glen White Junction (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hoohoo   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Jenny Gap (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Jonben   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lester   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lillybrook   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Princewick   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Slab Fork   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Spangler Factory (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Winding Gulf   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Woodpeck   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Sophia ...

Looking for more information about Sophia? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Sophia, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Sophia.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Sophia.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Sophia. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Sophia. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of West Virginia

    West Virginia Tourism
    Parks for West Virginia

    Fishing in West Virginia
    Hunting in West Virginia

TripAdvisor Link for:

    West Virginia Statewide Tourism
    Sophia Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Sophia


National Park Service (NPS) sites in West Virginia

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in West Virginia

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in West Virginia

Airports Near Sophia ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Sophia.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Report  
DirectionDistance
Raleigh County Meml. (BKW/KBKW)   [Map]   BKW   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Kee Fld.(ICAO: KI16)   [Map]   I16   WSW   18 miles [29 km]
Welch Muni.   [Map]   I25   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Mercer Co. Airport (BLF/KBLF)   [Map]   BLF   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Logan Co. Airport   [Map]   6L4   WNW   37 miles [59.5 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Sophia.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Sophia. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Morgantown Muni. (MGW/KMGW)   [Map]   MGW   NNE   151 miles [243 km]
Port Columbus Intl. (CMH/KCMH)   [Map]   CMH   NNW   181 miles [291.3 km]
Airborne Airpark(ILN/KILN)   [Map]   ILN   NW   181 miles [291.3 km]
Pittsburgh Intl. (PIT/KPIT)   [Map]   PIT   NNE   199 miles [320.3 km]
Northern Kentucky Intl. (CVG/KCVG)   [Map]   CVG   WNW   206 miles [331.5 km]
Richmond Intl. (RIC/KRIC)   [Map]   RIC   E   215 miles [346 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Raleigh County Meml. (BKW/KBKW)   [Map]   BKW   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB/KLWB)   [Map]   LWB   ENE   47 miles [75.6 km]
Yeager Airport (CRW/KCRW)   [Map]   CRW   NNW   49 miles [78.9 km]
Roanoke Rgnl. - Woodrum Fld. (ROA/KROA)   [Map]   ROA   ESE   74 miles [119.1 km]
Tri-State Airport (HTS/KHTS)   [Map]   HTS   NW   84 miles [135.2 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Kee Fld.(ICAO: KI16)   [Map]   I16   WSW   18 miles [29 km]
Welch Muni.   [Map]   I25   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Mercer Co. Airport (BLF/KBLF)   [Map]   BLF   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Logan Co. Airport   [Map]   6L4   WNW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Summersville Airport(ICAO: KSXL)   [Map]   SXL   NNE   41 miles [66 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Morgantown Muni.   (MGW/KMGW)   [Map]
        Website for Morgantown Municipal Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Port Columbus Intl.   (CMH/KCMH)   [Map]
        Website for Port Columbus International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Tri-State Airport   (HTS/KHTS)   [Map]
        Website for Tri-State Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Lynchburg Rgnl.   (LYH/KLYH)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Kee Fld.   (ICAO: KI16)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Mercer Co. Airport   (BLF/KBLF)   [Map]
        Website for Mercer County Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Summersville Airport   (ICAO: KSXL)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
New River Valley Airport   (ICAO: KPSK)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Tazewell Co. Airport   (ICAO: KJFZ)   [Map]
        Website for Tazewell County Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Airborne Airpark   (ILN/KILN)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Mountain Empire Airport   (ICAO: KMKJ)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Pittsburgh Intl.   (PIT/KPIT)   [Map]
        Website for Pittsburgh International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Northern Kentucky Intl.   (CVG/KCVG)   [Map]
        Website for Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Richmond Intl.   (RIC/KRIC)   [Map]
        Website for Richmond International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Raleigh County Meml.   (BKW/KBKW)   [Map]
        Website for Raleigh County Memorial Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Greenbrier Valley Airport   (LWB/KLWB)   [Map]
        Website for Greenbrier Valley Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Yeager Airport   (CRW/KCRW)   [Map]
        Website for Yeager Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Roanoke Rgnl. - Woodrum Fld.   (ROA/KROA)   [Map]
        Website for Roanoke Regional Airport - Woodrum Field
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 

Other Roadside Stops ...



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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sophia. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Sophia.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Sophia. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sophia) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sophia. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sophia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sophia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7061, Longitude: -81.2536     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sophia have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Sophia), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sophia.